An Immersive Music Experience with live orchestra, Masterchef Champion Natalie Coleman, Darling and Edge, and set designers behind events like Planet Gingerline and Alice’s Adventures Underground
In Night’s Darkling Glory
Step into the world of Tristan and Isolde.
Cornish knight and Irish Princess.
Their fates sealed through witchcraft.
“Moving in the extreme” – The Independent
What you need to know
In Night’s Darkling Glory is an immersive music experience with live orchestra, running from October 19th-22nd. It tells the legend of Tristan and Isolde.
Feast on a castle banquet created by Masterchef Champion Natalie Coleman. Savour succulent hog roast, steaming platters of vegetarian delights and strange secret elixirs…
Cast off across the seas with the tang of salt on your lips. Feel the thrill of adventure in your heart and wonder at your final destination…as yet unknown.
On distant shores, be bewitched by storytelling and orchestral performance. Live out the legend of Tristan and Isolde through theatre and music. See a tale of ancient lovers and arcane magic brought to life.
Every few centuries, weary travellers return with stories of a miraculous vision, of the old magic rekindled for one brief moment. So be vigilant. You are on strange and mysterious ground…
How booking works
Stage 1. Book online. Discover our Castle’s secrets.
Our hidden location (10 mins from London Bridge) will be revealed when you book. Make careful note of the timings on your ticket and remeber to tell us your dietary requirements. If you’re unsure about anything, read the FAQ or contact us.
Stage 2. You search. You feast. You drink.
The night arrives. Hunt out our hidden domain and enter (from 6pm, Thurs-Sat; from 1pm Sun). Slake your thirst with delicious ales, sparkling meads and the Cellar’s finest wine. Search for the mysterious potions that Brangane has been brewing in the dead of night. Feast on the spoils of the King’s hunt (your table time is on your ticket). Fresh roast hogs, exotic vegetarian delights and steaming platters created by Masterchef Champion Natalie Coleman.
Stage 3. You begin your adventure
At the appointed time, you are summoned to leave the castle. But by whom? And where are they taking you? Cast off across the seas and lose yourself in a world of fantasy and music. Live out the Legend of Tristan and Isolde, the greatest love story ever told. Then return with mind open and heart ablaze, never to tell of the secret mysteries you have found.
Be warned – your adventure waits for no man, dwarf nor dragon. If you are late, you will miss the experience as latecomers cannot be admitted.
PLEASE NOTE: In Night’s Darkling Glory involves entering dark spaces and climbing narrow flights of uneven stairs. Do not book if you suffer from claustrophobia or could not climb these stairs.
Frequently asked questions
What are immersive music experiences?
Immersive music experiences are live performances of the greatest music played by the UK’s finest musicians. They’re performances the Independent called ‘moving in the extreme’, sounds of which the Guardian says ‘made you feel like you were at the centre of an arctic gale with frost on your chin.’
Wrapped around each of these performances is the world of the music. Its notes brought to life through interactive sets, exotic scents and flickering film; strange figures that lead you on strange adventures; sumptuous food and mysterious drink.
You will walk through the music, touch it, talk to its characters. You will see its story made reality and dine on its notes.
Then, you will hear it.
With your imagination on fire, you’ll live every melody.
Sat so close, you won’t see the humming strings and dancing fingers, you’ll feel them.
And lost in the world of the music, you’ll become one of them. Playing every note with them.
That, my friend, is an immersive music experience. Book your first now.
Who are Tristan and Isolde?
A long time ago, King Mark ruled over all Cornwall. One day, as he sat at court, a thread of golden hair floated through his window and came to rest on his knee.
It filled him with such longing that he urged Tristan, his most valiant knight, to find its owner. Mark dreamed that she might become Cornwall’s queen.
Tristan searched for many months and at last found her. She was Isolde, Princess of Ireland, the most beautiful woman in the world…and sworn enemy of the Cornish.
Despite her hatred, Tristan strove to win her heart. He spoke of King Mark’s love and nobility. He persevered day after day until at last, Isolde relented and went with him to Cornwall.
As their ship approached Mark’s castle, Isolde cursed her decision. Her misery grew and grew. Finally, she could bear it no longer and hatched a deadly plan.
She would trick Tristan into drinking a lethal poison, then consume it herself. She would be released from her burden. The man who brought it upon her would be destroyed.
But whether by confusion or design, her handmaid brought her no deadly elixir. Instead, it was a love potion, the strongest ever made.
Unwitting, Tristan and Isolde drank and the magic liquid coursed through their veins. It turned hatred into love and revulsion into desire.
It was at that very moment that the horns of Mark’s castle called to them. And the truth dawned upon them. And our tale of doomed lovers, the legend of Tristan and Isolde, began…
What is included in a full ticket?
You will arrive at King Mark’s Castle and feast on succulent roast hogs, exotic vegetarian delights and steaming dishes from the castle kitchens, curated by Masterchef Champion Natalie Coleman.
Like all great feasts, you will have your fill with an all you can eat menu and a goblet of our groundsman’s finest mead. For those expecting traditional fare, we must disappoint. This is a fusion of our world and yours. A 13th Century banquet, but with an intriguing 21st Century gastronomic twist.
With your belly full but your heart still hungry, you will enter our 80-minute immersive adventure. Experience three storeys of interactive sets, beguiling storytelling and bewitching orchestral performance. Watch the legend of Tristan and Isolde brought to life. The greatest of all love stories, a passion far older than Romeo’s or Juliet’s.
Who knows what secrets you will discover. Or what sights the old magic has in store for you. All you can be sure of is that with heart and mind ablaze, you will return to Mark’s Castle. You will drink the night away and tell tales of your adventures to your wide-eyed fellow travellers.
This ancient domaine can hold its doors open for four nights only. Then they must shut forever. So book your seat at our table, before it is too late.
What is included in a VIP ticket?
As well as the full ticket experience you will enjoy exclusive seating and service at the King’s Head Table. The honeyed scent of bottomless mead will flow about you throughout your feast.
Our Lady’s handmaid Brangane may ask you to test her latest potion. But beware, these are the same potions that sent Tristan and Isolde to their doom…so drink at your peril.
At our journey’s destination, a gripping final orchestral performance, yours will be the best seats in the house.
Then on your return to the real world, you will receive an exclusive gift. A unique artefact made by the show’s creators for VIP ticket holdersonly.
Finally, to remind you of our castle decadence and your feasting frenzy, we have organised a VIP wine tasting experience at the home of our sponsors Corney and Barrow for you to enjoy.
There can be just 10 members of this Royal party on each departure. To claim your place amongst the nobility, make sure you book now.
What is included in a basic ticket?
Our dining experience is not included in the basic ticket. But you will be allowed to enter Mark’s banqueting hall to sip on fine ales, meads and wines. If the scent of roasting hog and sight of diners eating their fill becomes too much to bear, access to the feast may be available to purchase. But only if there has been a cancellation.
From the banqueting hall, you will enjoy our 80-minute immersive experience telling the legend of Tristan and Isolde. You will venture through three storeys of immersive sets, storytelling and live orchestral performance. Where you end up, what you will see, only the mysterious hermit Ogrin truly knows. But rumour tells of an old magic rekindled, an ancient transformation that, when the night is darkest, will occur anew.
We can offer just four journeys through this mysterious realm. Then its gates must close forever. To be one of the lucky few that witness its marvels, book now. Or forever miss the secrets the night shall reveal.
I have mobility requirements! What should I do
In Night’s Darkling Glory involves climbing narrow flights of uneven stairs. Due to the design of our domaine, we are unable to change this.
Anyone who cannot climb stairs should not book – our sincerest apologies. We look forward to creating more accessible adventures soon.
Also, the experience involves dark spaces so if you suffer from claustrophobia we would strongly advise against booking too.
Drinking and dining
What's included in the feast?
King Mark’s feast centres around a hog, brined and marinated then slow roasted over coals by our extraordinary partners at London Hog. About it, a host of other medieval dishes will be served, reimagined with gastronomic modern flair by Masterchef Champion Natalie Coleman. Natalie will also craft a sumptuous vegetarian main so that all diners may feast into the night.
Like all great banquets, ours is all you can eat. The bounty will never end and can be washed down with a complimentary glass of Gosnell’s sparkling mead. A host of other fine wines, meads and ales, will be available from the Castle Kitchens. And perhaps even a secret cocktail can be found. If you know who to ask.
To keep the highest gastronomic standards we must strictly limit the number of seats at our feast. So we warn you – to guarantee the spoils of our hunt, book well in advance.
Are drinks available to buy?
Yes – a range of craft ale, mead and fine wine will be available from our Castle Kitchen cellars.
In the servants’ corridors, they whisper that more elusive elixirs can be found in the castle too. Perhaps even the final drops of that ancient potion that bound Tristan and Isolde so tightly together.
It is rumours only. But if anyone knows the truth of it and where this philtre can be found, it is the Queen’s handmaid Brangane.
I have dietary requirements! What should I do?
Fear not! You can tell us about dietary requirements during the booking process. If you need to update these, just email us at email@example.com
We can accommodate most requests 48-hours in advance. Unfortunately, anything asked for on the night cannot be dealt with.
For those with serious allergies, please see our Terms and Conditions. Though we do our best, we cannot guarantee any menu is 100% free of allergens.
How long is the experience and when does it end?
When can I arrive?
The bar is open to all from 6pm on weekdays and from 1pm on Sunday. Arrive any time and drink at our castle kitchens, which offer fine wines, sparkling mead and craft ale. As well as some more secret potions – if the rumours are true.
If you are feasting with us, your table will be available at least 75 minutes before your departure time. We advise leaving an hour minimum before your departure so you can enjoy the banquet to the full. Also, the sooner you arrive the fresher the food will be!
Latecomers cannot travel further than the banqueting hall. Our voyages must depart on time and the complexity of the event means people cannot enter after the experience has started. So please plan ahead accordingly – London transport is not always as punctual as that of our Domaine.
How late can I stay?
Whatever time your experience ends, revel in our banqueting hall till 11PM. Share tales of your adventures over special drinks deals exclusively for returning travellers.
Our Hidden Location & Code of Secrecy
Where are you?
Our location is secret until you book with us. But we can reveal our gates are just a 10-minute walk from London Bridge station, a 20-minute walk from Tower Bridge Station and a 15-minute walk from Bermondsey Station.
Where the doors lead after that is unknown. To great castles and distant lands, so they say. The daring of heart and nimble of mind will surely find out…But for the rest, it will remain a mystery for ever.
I don’t know where I’m going yet! What should I do?
Why is it so secret?
We believe In Night’s Darkling Glory is at its most powerful, inspiring best when you enter without preconceptions or knowledge of what you will discover. Only then will your heart be open to each new thing you experience. Only then do we have the power to surprise, amaze and move you.
So, to ensure you have the most extraordinary, impactful and delightful experience possible, we keep everything a secret. When you book, we will begin revealing fragments of the puzzle to you, bit by bit.
But as we do, please keep the secret with us. It ensures the magic lives on for future generations of travellers.
Can I take photographs?
You may take photos in the banqueting hall of King Mark’s Castle. Wherever you venture after that, we kindly ask that you refrain from all photographic activities.
And please, make sure you don’t tag our location on your social network.
But is it for me? And other pressing questions
I don’t listen to orchestral music. Is this still for me?
We all seek to be moved. To feel something new. This is why we created In Night’s Darkling Glory.
We want to inspire, move and change you with one of the greatest stories ever told. A story whose message is universal, not confined to any one genre of music or era in history. A story that requires no prior knowledge to be understood.
It has been passed down since the 13th Century, stood the test of time, and given new meaning to generation after generation. Now it is your turn to be part of it.
So if you seek wonder, inspiration and adventure then yes, this is for you;
If you long to walk in distant lands, see great heroes and heroines fall and rise then yes, this is for you;
And if you wish to rise along with them, then yes, this is most certainly for you.
I love orchestral concerts. Will I like this? How is this different from normal?
At In Night’s Darkling Glory you’ll hear the exceptional performance standards and respect for Wagner’s score that you’d get at any major concert hall. In fact, many of our players hold positions in London’s major orchestras.
This is simply a chance to hear them in a completely new way and to experience the music in a new way. We hope its a way that will deepen your connection with this music forever. You’ll see, smell and touch the music as well as hear it.
By the performance, we hope you’ll be so connected to the music that you feel like one of the musicians. This is an orchestral performance. Just not as you know it. It’s a performance designed to make you hear, see and feel more than you have before. We’ve had plenty of ‘Wagnerites’ at our events. They’ve all come out saying they heard their favourite music in a completely new way.
You won’t be the first music lover at our events. In fact, we hope you’ll join the long list of fans that say they heard their favourite music in a completely new way. So take a chance on us, and experience orchestral music as you never have before.
Will there be flashing strobe lights?
Yes, please notify us in advance if any member of your group has photo-sensitive epilepsy. You can do so by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org